Social Media & The Social Credit System

Black Mirror: Dive

Social Media Discussion Questions

  1. Which social networking sites do you use? Why those? or why don’t you use any?
  2. On which sites and apps do you rate things or give feedback?
  3. How do you decide whether to ❤, ????, or ???? something?
  4. Do you think ‘personal ratings’ are a good idea? Why or why not?
  5. What about as part of the gig economy or service sites like Uber?
  6. What information are you comfortable posting publicly? with sns contacts?
  7. What motivates you to post things online? What do you post?
  8. Does using SNS result in any stress, self-doubt, or insecurities?
  9. Do you have friends that are primarily ‘online friends’?
  10. What have been the most meaningful experiences you’ve had online?
  11. What have been some of the worst experiences you’ve had online?
  12. How much do you notice or care about who and how much people respond to your posts?
  13. How do you feel about interacting with your parents and other family members online?
  14. Is there any difference between the ‘real you’ and ‘social media’ you?
  15. Do you know people whose real lives are very different from the life they show online?
  16. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a system like the one shown in Black Mirror?
  17. Do you think a system like that could/will happen in the real world?(after listening to  the podcast)
  18. What do you think of a social credit system?
  19. How would you design one? What would you give + or – points for?


  • Landlord: the person who owns the property that others rent
  • Lease: a contract between the owner of a property and the person renting it
  • tenant: A person who pays rent to live in somewhere
  • up for grabs: available for anyone and not yet claimed
  • drill down into the numbers: to do more analysis into data or statistics
  • trajectory: the path followed by an object moving through space
  • peripherals: Additional components besides the main parts of something
  • boost: 증대시키다, increase, raise, amplify
  • confined: limited, restricted
  • reciprocal: mutual, shared, done in return
  • velocity: the speed of an object in a particular direction
  • slow poke: someone who moves slowly
  • Catch you later:  See you later
  • to kiss ass:  to say or do nice things to someone because the are your superior and you hope to please them
  • unparalleled metrics:  data results that are different from all others
  • romantic genesis: the beginning of a romantic relationship
    minor dings:  small incidents of damage
Dark Mirror: Nosedive  Episode Information

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